Tunisia postpones deadline for 70 MW solar tender, again

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The Tunisian Ministry of Mines and Energy has extended the deadline for a second tender for the deployment of 70 MW of PV capacity – consisting of half a dozen 10 MW plants and ten 1 MW solar parks – from yesterday to December 18.

It is the second time the authorities have extended the deadline, which was issued in late May. In early August, the date was shifted from August 15 to yesterday, without explanation.

Selected projects will sell power to state-owned utility Société Tunisienne de l’électricité et du gaz (STEG) under a long-term PPA.

In an initial tender of the same scale, finalized in late May, the projects were awarded to domestic companies and Tunisian-international consortia.

On top of the two tenders, the government also in mid-May started pre-qualification for another 500 MW exercise expected to bring online bigger solar parks in several regions. That procurement round envisages the construction of a 200 MW solar plant in Tatouine, in the Sahara Desert; two 100 MW PV facilities in Kaiouran and Gafsca; and two 50 MW solar parks in the provinces of Sidi Bouzid and Tozeur.

Tunisia’s renewable energy strategy is aiming to deploy around 4.7 GW of clean energy capacity by 2030.